My aging T-mobile MDA (a.k.a. HTC Wizard) bit the dust this weekend so I called up T-mobile for an in-warranty exchange unit. They told me that since my most recent MDA had been replaced by Asurion, the handset insurance provider, that it was up to them to replace the device. So after the usual troubleshooting steps with the Asurion tech, they were ready to send me a refurbished MDA to replace my dead one. But it looks like their stocks of MDA’s have finally run dry; less than 24 hours later a brand new T-mobile Wing (a.k.a. HTC Herald) showed up on my desk at work. 100% Free! If my MDA hadn’t broken or was out of warranty I would have to pay five hundred bucks for this thing ($499.99 from T-mobile without a service contract).
Not only does this bad boy run the new Windows Mobile 6 Professional, it’s got an upgraded 2 megapixel video camera, a new processor and more memory; all in a form factor much slimmer than my chunky ole MDA. The exterior is a sexy midnight blue color and feels like soft rubber rather than cheap Taiwanese silver toy plastic on the MDA. The screen has a spring loaded sliding action that’s infinitely better than the stickly heavy slide action of its predecessor. I popped in my 2GB microSD card and it immediately loaded up all my tunes into a new Today screen plugin.
Overall I am really liking this device, but we’ll see if it lasts longer than my many, many MDA’s (see here). Here are some comparison pics with my old MDA and my Blackberry 8700 too.